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Over the past couple of seasons, Ray Rice and Matt Forte have emerged as two of the league’s top-five HBs.
If you’re en elite running back in the NFL and are looking to negotiate a new, long-term deal, the contracts recently issued to Ray Rice and Matt Forte are good benchmarks to reference. With Rice set to make $40 million over the next five years and Forte $32 over the next four, the two runningbacks will be the highest-paid HB’s in the league. In fact, Rice is set to make $17 million this year and $25 million in the first two years of his contract. By signing their respective deals, each player voided the franchise tag and a possible $7.74 million salary they would’ve received in 2012. There is no question that they each deserve their paydays, with Rice having rushed for a career-best 1,364 yards and 15 touchdowns and Forte with 997 yards before missing the remainder of the season due to injury. Rice is among the top three rushers in the AFC, while Forte garners the same status in the NFC. Both are top-five rushers in the NFL. Their contracts not only emphasize the HB talent still present in a pass-heavy league, but also mark a trend which has become apparent this offseason. Elite players in the league have been receiving heftier paydays, and the bar at each position seems to continually get raised as teams and players compete with each other in the numbers game. It just goes to show how big of a part money now plays in the sporting world, with the size of the paycheck seeming to determine a player’s motivation and effort as opposed to simply their love of the game dictating the two. Not even salary caps have been able to help lower these numbers. Some players still hold on to a sense of their humanity, however, as exemplified by Tom Brady taking a decent-sized pay cut so the team could place the franchise tag on wide receiver Wes Welker. The quarterback is set to make just $950 K in 2012, in comparison to Peyton Manning’s $18 million and Drew Brees’s $40 million. And yet some people still question his selflessness while praising those who have cashed out on big paydays. Seems that money has blurred the line between how we perceive one’s on- and off-field character.
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Don’t get me wrong, Ray Rice is a a very good running back, but the Baltimore Ravens just dropped their shorts when they signed him yesterday. The terms of the deal? 5 years, $40 million and it calls to pay the running back $17 million this fall. You’ll probably going to point to the fact [...]
Ray Rice says he's already spent a portion of the $40 million contract he received last week from the Baltimore Ravens.
The Pro Bowl running back said Wednesday that the first thing he did after agreeing to terms on a long-term deal was to buy his mother a house.
Rice says the security of knowing he will be with Baltimore for the next five years was every bit as important as...
Talk about a last second finale. Just before the four o’clock deadline for franchised players to sign long-term deals passed, the Baltimore Ravens and RB Ray Rice got something done.
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Owing Mills, MD (Sports Network) - The Baltimore Ravens signed running back Ray Rice to a five-year contract on Monday.
The team didn't release financial terms of the contract, but it is reportedly worth around $40 million.
Rice received the franchise tag from the team earlier this year after a career season in 2011.
He led the NFL in yards from scrimmage last year with 2...
The Ravens beat the buzzer with this deal, signing Rice to a 5 year, 40 million dollar deal with 25 million guaranteed, minutes before today’s deadline. 8 million per year for Rice seems like a steal since Matt Forte got that much earlier today and players like Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, Arian Foster, DeAngelo Williams, and Chris Johnson earned more per year on their recent...
According to Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times, everything remains quiet between the Baltimore Ravens and running back Ray Rice.
Wilson did say that the Ravens have a history of getting deals done at the last-minute. All we can do is wait and see what happens as the deadline approaches.
Season 2, Episode 126 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I start off by explaining how we are not playing up to the standard today after I lost the rerecording of our Tuesday morning interview with Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. We had a great talk with Nate concerning the Cleveland Browns as they head into training camp, but unfortunately the file...
According to Peter King of SI.com, the Baltimore Ravens and running back Ray Rice have agreed on a new multi-year deal.
Rice’s new contract is worth $40 million over five years, with $25 million guaranteed and $17 million in one season, per Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times.
There’s no question the Ravens had to get Rice under contract and they did just...
The Baltimore Ravens have hammered out a five-year, $40 million
contract with Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, beating an NFL
deadline to sign franchise players to long-term deals. Rice will
make $25 million in the first two years and $17 million in the
Many Chicago Bears fans have been patiently waiting to hear the outcome of negotiations between the Bears and Running Back Matt Forte. Finally they have come to an agreement: $32 million contract over 4 years. Impatient fans were sweating over the wait and starting to get heated over Forte’s lack of agreeing, perhaps he felt pressured into [...]
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All Experts Arian Foster 1 1 1 1 1 view Ray Rice 3 2 2 2 2 view LeSean McCoy 2 3 3 3 3 view Maurice Jones-Drew 4 5 5 5 4 view Chris Johnson 5 4 6 6 5 view Ryan Mathews 6 8 4 4 6 view Matt Forte 10 6 7 7 7 view Darren McFadden 7 7 10 10 8 view DeMarco...
Earlier in the day, news broke that Matt Forte had been signed a long term deal with the Bears, surprising everyone who had covered the contract dispute between the two sides. This afternoon, kicker Josh Scobee signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars ending a similar contract dispute in Northern Florida.
Now you can add Ray Rice to the list.
According to Albert Breer, Ray Rice and the...
Arian Foster is a top running back, but Ben Tate actually performed statistically better last season.
Arian Foster may be the top-ranked back, but Ben Tate performed better last year. (Photo by AJ Guel via CC BY-2.0)
Maurice Jones-Drew led the league in rushing last year, but he figures not to get nearly as many attempts this year.
Ryan Matthews is slated to get a significantly...
The 2011 NFL Season came to an end with many big name superstars heading to free agency or getting franchise tenders from the clubs they have played for.
Four of these superstars shared something in common. They all are franchise running backs who play important roles in their teams' playbook. Now that the signing period came to end, to get franchised players signed long...